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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 26, 2013

Contact: Angela L. Yu
Media Relations Manager
(518) 271-5045



    ALBANY, NY – April 26, 2013 – The Hilton Albany Hotel recently took top honors and was named “People’s Choice -- Best of Show Winner” at  the 20th Annual “Cuisine Magic” culinary grand tasting and benefit held at the Hilton Albany.

    Nearly 400 guests turned out for the event which raised nearly $31,000 to benefit community programs for Eddy Visiting Nurse Association and Eddy SeniorCare.Lydia Kulbida, anchor at News Center ABC 10 and Fox 23 served as mistress of ceremonies. Congressmen Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson served as honorary co-chairs.

   Seven chefs and restaurants from across the greater Capital Region competed for votes.    Awards were presented in four categories as follows:

Best Appetizer:
1st Place:       - Hilton Garden Inn, Troy
Lobster Bake – Sweet Corn Broth, Lobster & Sausage”
2nd Place:      - Hilton Albany
                           Red Wine-Braised Guinea Hen and Rabbit Fricassee with Spring Pea Puree”
3rd Place:      - The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
                            “Lobster Taco – Micro Greens Tossed with Cilantro Pesto, Finished with Finely
                            Diced Green, Yellow and Red Peppers”

 Best Entree:

1st Place:       - Hilton Albany 
                            “Shaved Filet Mignon Served Over Morel Risotto with a Grated Spring Onion, White Asparagus Salad

2nd Place:       - MezzaNotte
                             “Pettine di Mare -- Seared Diver Scallop, Whipped Goat Cheese Polenta, Cucumber-Asparagus Purée and Basil Infused Yogurt”

3rd Place:       - The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center 
                            Espresso Rubbed Sirloin – Carved Tableside and Served with Celery Root Pancakes, Topped with a Black Raspberry Drizzle”

 Best Dessert:

1st Place:        - The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center 
                             “Caramelized Mango Trifle Layered with English Custard and Garnished with a Sea Salt  Praline

2nd Place:       - Morrison Management Specialists 
                             “Pineapple Crème Roll Crepe Pancake Filled with a White Chocolate Pineapple Mousse,Topped with a Strawberry Coconut Salsa

3rd Place:       - Hilton Albany
                            “Apple Pear Crepe with a Spicy Mint Rhubarb Compote”

 Best Table Presentation:

1st Place:       - Albany Marriot
2nd Place:       - Morrison Management Specialists
3rd Place:       - Hilton Albany



    St. Peter’s Health Partners was created on October 1, 2011 by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter’s Health Care Services and Seton Health. The merger created the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high-quality, advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and senior services. These state-of-the-art services and programs are provided through Albany Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany; Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy; Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady; as well as The Eddy system of continuing care and The Community Hospice. The new organization has more than 12,500 employees at more than 165 locations in seven counties of northeastern New York. St. Peter’s Health Partners is the region’s largest private employer and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. For more information, please visit

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